Waste Management opens CNG station in Washington

The company, which currently operates the largest NGV fleet of recycling and waste collection trucks in North America, celebrated the inauguration of its first public-access compressed natural gas fueling facility in the city last week. The refuse service operator also announced plans to convert its regional fleet to this fuel.

The opening ceremony was attended by state Sen. Tim Solobay, Sen. John Pippy and Chartiers Township Supervisor Harlan Shober. The new Clean N’ Green Fuel public fueling station, which will be operated by PetroCard, will offer CNG to commercial fleets as well as individuals with natural gas powered vehicles.

According to Patch website, Waste Management of Western Pennsylvania has recently purchased 25 methane-driven collection trucks, while it expects to put on the road 40 NGVs by 2012. This amount of vehicles would represent half its Washington-based fleet and would serve Washington, Greene and Allegheny counties.

The Department of Environmental Protection awarded Waste Management $700,000 in Alternative Fuels Incentive Grants for the project, which supports the development of the state’s natural gas infrastructure and achieves emissions reductions. “Natural gas powered vehicles run cleaner and quieter, and improve air quality. Our new CNG trucks will reduce emissions equivalent to taking 3,500 gasoline-powered vehicles off the road,” said Dave Balbierz, area vice president for Waste Management of Western Pennsylvania.​

This article was first published by NGV Journal.

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